Key Enhancements to the Wrap Feature in SOLIDWORKS 2017

Key Enhancements to the Wrap Feature in SOLIDWORKS 2017
Posted in: Mechanical Design
February 15, 2017

This time of year is really exciting. Not only has a new year begun, but the latest and greatest version of SOLIDWORKS is now available for download. With each new release, there’s always a handful of new features and enhancements that get implemented to help save you time or create your designs with more easily. One of these great enhancements is to the Wrap feature.

We’ve had the ability to wrap sketches onto cylindrical and conical geometry for a while, but we were limited to working with a single surface/face at a time. With the new enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2017, we are no longer limited to those shapes and can wrap a sketch onto multiple faces, in the same operation.

When you activate the Wrap tool you’ll notice the PropertyManager has a fresh new look. Under Wrap Method, you will see two options: Analytical and Spline Surface. The Analytical method allows us to use the wrap tool as before. The shiny new enhancement is the Spline Surface method, which is what we’ll be focusing on.

In this example, I will be wrapping a sketch of a number “4” onto the front of this motorcycle fairing. I’ll start by selecting the sketch I want to wrap, and then click on the Wrap feature in the Command Manager (Insert > Features > Wrap). I’ll set the Wrap Type to Scribe, and use Spline Surface for the Wrap Method.

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Lastly, we need to select the faces we want to wrap the sketch on under Face for Wrap Sketch. You should see a preview of the wrap as you make your selections. Be sure to select all the faces necessary to get your desired result (there are three faces selected in this example). I’m working with a surface body, but you can also use the Emboss or Deboss wrap type to create raised or indented geometry and assign a thickness if you’re working with a solid model.

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If your sketch isn’t exactly where you want it, you can enable Instant3D from the Features tab, select the sketch from the Feature Tree, and drag the Triad to reposition the sketch dynamically.

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And there you have it. With the new enhancements to the Wrap feature, we can now easily wrap sketch geometry onto any face type and even multiple faces too! One thing to note though is that the Spline Surface option cannot be used to wrap a sketch completely around a model – think of a cylindrical cam. So if that’s something you need to do, revert back to the Analytical method.

For more information, check out our YouTube channel or contact us at Hawk Ridge Systems today. Thanks for reading!

February 15, 2017
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